Contracts and Commercial Apprentice

Royal Borough Of Kingston Upon Thames The
Guildhall, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1EU
£15,207.00 annually
11 Apr 2019
11 Apr 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
We are looking for hard-working, motivated and enthusiastic people to join our apprenticeship scheme. Regardless of your age, previous experience or qualifications (although you must be at least 16 years of age and not in full-time education), we're welcoming applications from those that show potential, determination and a drive to succeed. In return we can give you the opportunity to kick-start your career under the management of our skilled and experienced staff, whilst earning, learning and achieving nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

At the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames we are an ambitious, forward thinking London Borough with a substantial growth and regeneration agenda. The ambition is matched by the recognition to preserve and enhance our historical buildings, parks and gardens; improve our association with the Thames; and continue to be one of the best shopping destinations to visit in the UK. Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and the waterfront.

We offer the chance to join a forward thinking organisation that is committed to transforming its business and improving outcomes for residents and driving improved value for money. We have a modern working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly whilst on the move from your mobile or Chromebook, and at home following the introduction of Google Suite, Mail and Apps.

The Council is focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for its residents and communities. To do this we need employees who support continuous improvement and try and find the best way of doing things. The newly formed Contracts and Commercial Department at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames have created three exciting vacancies for two year fixed term apprenticeship positions.

The three apprenticeship roles will rotate between three work areas within the Council's Commissioning and Contract Management teams.

Apprentices will spend a period of eight months working in each area. These work areas are listed below and apprentices will report to the Managers responsible for these work areas:
  • Commissioning - Commercialism and Innovation
    This role involves helping to find ways to make our contracts work harder by delivering additional benefits on behalf of our residents and communities, with a particular focus on local environmental, social and economic improvements.
  • Contract Management and Development
    Apprentices will help to manage the relationships that the Council has with the companies that deliver our services, to make sure that they do the things that we require of them, in order to meet the needs of our residents and communities.
  • Commissioning - Systems and Data
    This role focuses on research and analysis required to help the Council improve how we commission goods and services and sharing that learning across the Council.

In addition to the work areas listed above there is a possibility that apprentices will have the opportunity to shadow other service areas in the Council for shorter periods.
Learners will receive a thorough induction to the role.

During the two year programme apprentices will complete the Commercial Procurement and Supply Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and will work towards obtaining a L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

We are looking for candidates with a high level of drive and commitment who are keen to develop skills and expertise in the field of Commissioning and Contract Management. Candidates must be able to work with organisations in the public and private sectors and must be prepared to work within a team.

We're extremely proud of our apprenticeship scheme and the achievements of our apprentices, many of whom have secured permanent employment with the Council and continue to excel in their careers.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills

Personal qualities

  • Positive attitude
  • Eager to learn

Desired qualifications

GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/equivalent in English and maths.

Future prospects

Potential to progress into a permanent role within the Council on successful completion of the apprenticeship programme.

Things to consider

Our apprenticeships are offered on a minimum contract duration of 12 months (some are longer depending on the level of apprenticeship you undertake), offer 23 days paid annual leave, access to our staff benefits (including discounts at local shops, restaurants and attractions), local government pension scheme (LGPS), and a minimum starting salary of £15,207 per annum for level 4 apprenticeships (equivalent to a HNC/Foundation Degree).

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